Margaret Melin, age 94, of Olivia died Monday, May 6, 2019 at Olivia Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center. Mass of Christian Burial is Wednesday, May 15th at 1:15 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bird Island with Rev. George Schmit as celebrant. Burial is in Christina Cemetery near Lake Lillian, MN. Visitation is Wednesday at the church from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Arrangements are with Dirks-Blem Funeral Service, Olivia, MN.
Margaret Catherine Melin was born September 14, 1924 at Olivia, MN, to John and Josephine (Julius) Ocenasek. She grew up on the family farm and attended Olivia schools. Margaret married Donald Melin on June 17, 1949 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bird Island. They lived and farmed north of Bird Island and were blessed with two children. Margaret had been employed by Bell Telephone Co. in earlier years and later did sewing at Fingerhut Corporation in Bird Island. Margaret absolutely loved being a farmwife and working hard alongside her husband. She was a tremendous cook and enjoyed making large meals, excellent desserts, as well as delicious Special K bars. She truly enjoyed having guests stop by and always made sure there was a nice treat to go with their coffee. Margaret was a faithful member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Lake Lillian for many years where she taught religious education and was a member of the CCW. After some health issues she resided at the RenVilla Nursing Home for a year and now at the Olivia Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center these past two years.
Margaret is survived by her husband Donald Melin of Olivia; her daughter Sue (and Tom) Roske of Minnetonka; her son Gary (and Pauline) Melin of Olivia; her four grandchildren: Jacob Roske (and Bianca Pettis), Jordan Roske (and Erin Rooney), Patrick Roske, and Madison Melin; her great-grandchildren: Edee Wren Roske Rooney and Wilder Fox Roske Rooney; and her brother Jack (and Vivian) Ocenasek of Minnetonka. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; and her two brothers Larry Ocenasek and Jim Ocenasek.
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